ruins outside the small village of Piprahwa is now identified
with Kapilavatthu, the town where Prince Siddhartha spent
his first thirty years. Legend says his father was a great
king and that Kapilavatthu was a magnificent city. In actual
fact Suddhodana was more like a feudal chief and Kapilavatthu
was something like a town clustered around his manor house.
The ruins you see today are mainly of the temples and monasteries
built in later times.
stupa was built by the Sakyans over their share of the Buddha's
ashes and was enlarged on several later occasions. Sit under
the trees a little to the west and read the profound Madhupindika
Sutta from The Middle Length
Discourses which the Buddha taught here. There has been
some controversy as to the exact location of Kapilavatthu.
Nepal insists that it is in its territory at a place called
Taulihwakot. The issue is discussed fully in Middle Land
Middle Way. About a kilometre before the ruins is a small
Sri Lankan temple that will be happy to offer you accommodation
should you need it.